Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Battery Saga

The good news, is that the battery monitor finally rose up to 12.54v (90%) today. The bad news, is that it dropped back down to 11.75v (30%), ten minutes after the charger was turned off. Tomorrow we're going to unstrap the battery bank, and test them all individually. An annoying & fiddly job. But at least we'll then know exactly what the problem is.

Typically grey and cold misty morningSo far, most mornings of 2011 have been pretty much like this. Cold, grey and misty. Though the river is much calmer and lower than it was this time last year, there is still very little traffic on it.

greedy grasping handVAT increase day. The state now filches 20% from many of the things we have to buy to survive. Can't say that makes me feel particularly happy. I remember the day this tax was introduced. We were told that it was for "luxury items" only. Now it's applied to virtually everything.

dogma on the jettyReversed out to the main jetty to fill the water tank, and then back again. Without getting swept away downstream, ramming anything, getting the ropes tangled up, or falling overboard. Feeling pretty chuffed with myself, actually.

Sumo Nest

2 comments:

  1. If you are only getting to 12.5 volts ON charge then your batteries are no where near charged, Where are you getting the 90% from. How big is the charger you are using and how many hours has it been on for. Sorry I think your batteries may have been damaged beyong repair.

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  2. Hi Brian & Diana.

    >> How big is the charger you are using and how many hours has it been on for.

    It was a 17amp charger, and it's been on since 28th december. Cycled between the four batteries, daily. We had to top up all the batts with ionised water today, but not a
    massive amount. They don't appear to have been boiled dry.

    >> Sorry I think your batteries may have been damaged beyong repair.

    Obviously, we're hoping not. But if that does happen to be the case, we are covered by insurance, hopefully. Bit galling with such new kit. But it isn't the end of the world. Unlucky. But it hasn't put us off boating.

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